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Splash Guards on the Bayview Bridge

The new splash guards provide safe passage along the bridge for pedestrians in Ward 25. They’ll create a safer walking route for travel to and from the Crescent School, the Toronto French School, the York University Glendon Campus, and the Granite Club.

Many thanks to Gary Gund, Allan Vice and Bruce and Cee Cee Robertson for helping to make this happen!

Splash guards on the Bayview Bridge.

Splash guards on the Bayview Bridge.

Bayview Traffic Working Group Update

As I mentioned in my previous newsletter, traffic and congestion have been front and centre throughout city planning’s ongoing Bayview design guidelines study.

Based on your feedback and the advice of senior city staff, I passed a successful motion directing city staff to establish a Bayview Avenue traffic working group. The working group complements city planning’s design guidelines study and focuses on traffic and congestion issues on Bayview between Lawrence and the 401 – including the traffic impacts of intensification.

More than 800 notices were mailed out for the kick off meeting in late June. City staff agreed to undertake a thorough analysis of this important stretch of Bayview and return to the table to continue the discussion. If you would like to get involved in the traffic working group or the design guidelines study just send me an email or give my office a call.

Post City Column: Upholding Bayview’s tree canopy

By Jaye Robinson
Post City Magazine — Bayview Edition
March 2014

Ward 25 has one of the largest tree canopies in the city with over 50 per cent forest cover. It is one of the main reasons our neighbourhoods are such desirable places to live.

I have been a long-standing advocate for trees, working alongside residents to save trees in Ward 25. That’s why it is devastating to see how many trees were damaged as a result of the December ice storm. Ours was one of the hardest hit. Many mature trees were heavily damaged and have been removed.

Some estimate that as much as 20 per cent of Toronto’s tree canopy was lost. This is a big setback for the city as it moves forward with a plan to increase Toronto’s tree canopy.

One way to achieve our goal is through Toronto’s tree protection bylaw, which could use a bit of fine tuning to make it more effective. That’s why I will be moving a number of motions to strengthen the protection bylaw and make it more transparent.

I will be requesting that the city improve the public notice and consultation process around applications as well as develop a communications strategy to ensure the public knows on what grounds applications are approved or refused.

My aim is to break down the silos at city hall between the planning and forestry departments and ensure tree protection is considered as early as possible in development and planning applications.

I will be introducing these motions to the parks and environ-ment committee this month.

If you have suggestions on how we can improve tree protection, please feel free to email me at Councillor_Robinson@toronto.ca, or give me a call at 416-395-6408.

Bayview Avenue Planning Meeting

As you know, Bayview Avenue is facing significant intensification pressure. I have been meeting with senior city planning staff, including our Chief Planner, to highlight the issue and identify how we can preserve what makes Bayview and its adjacent neighbourhoods unique and livable.

I have also heard directly from many of you and very much appreciate the feedback and perspective.

Based on that feedback, I have organized a community meeting to discuss development on Bayview between Lawrence Avenue and the 401.

The meeting will take place at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 6th at Crescent School (in the Centre for Creative Learning) at 2365 Bayview.

The meeting is an opportunity to speak directly to senior city planning staff and to think through our options and possible next steps as a community.

Please let me know if you can attend by sending me an email at Councillor_Robinson@toronto.ca or by calling my office at (416) 395-6408. Also, please do not hesitate to let me know if you would like to receive email updates as we move forward.

I look forward to seeing you there!

Post City Column: Sustaining our gem of a garden

By Jaye Robinson
Post City Magazine — Bayview Edition
August 2013

Summer is here and the Toronto Botanical Garden is in full bloom — what better time to come and visit the city’s only botanical garden.

The Toronto Botanical Garden (TBG) is truly a gem, and I am honoured to have it in my ward. I have been happy to work with the garden since I was first elected.

Over the years, the TBG has become much more than a garden. It’s a gathering place for the community and a living classroom and a place to learn. It offers so many great programs, from courses and camps for children to farmers’ markets and concerts.

The TBG’s budget has not kept pace with these changes, leading to increased financial pressures. The TBG needs more annual funding to maintain these excellent programs. That’s why I worked with TBG staff and the city’s budget committee to secure a one-time lump sum of new funding last year at city council.

On a longer term basis, the TBG is working with the City of Toronto: Parks, Forestry and Recreation Division on a plan to become more financially sustainable. We expect to see a report this fall.

The TBG has recently hired a new executive director, Harry Jongerden, a previous director at VanDusen Botanical Garden and Blodel Conservatory in Vancouver.

You can also help. The TBG depends on the support of individuals, corporations and foundations. The bulk of its revenues come from donations, membership fees, sponsorships and event rentals.

Consider making a donation and help the TBG maintain its programming.

You can make a donation at torontobotanicalgarden.ca.